StampNews.com is glad to announce that PostEurop presents the best of the EUROPA Stamp Design Competition for this year and launches the public online voting competition on Europe Day. This year's EUROPA theme "Old Toys" takes us on a trip down memory lane.
In a digital growing world, it is becoming more common for children to grow up playing video games and watching television. This year's EUROPA competition theme brought back many nostalgic memories on the toys which played a role for many Europeans growing up. The classical teddy bear, toy cars or rag dolls are favourites amongst children; some were even handcrafted toys and authentic pieces of art which inspired many children's imagination and creativity.
These old toys are often shared with other children and also helped them bond and connect with each other. To sum this nostalgia we look upon the words of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa that states ‒ "When I remember these toys I had as a boy growing up, a sensation of tears warms my eyes…"
So, philatelic designers delved into a part of Europe's history between the 30's and the 80's, to work on their country's interpretive designs and create the artworks that we here on display. As in previous years some postal operators continue to use Innovative technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and QR Codes to bring these old toys back to life.
"I remember a time when handcrafted toys made us interact with other children and some developed our imagination with endless playing possibilities. Looking at the wonderful entries we have received this year, it is interesting to appreciate the variety of toys and note the similarities in which some countries had a portrayed the same toy. This shows how despite having different customs, our roots are quite equal", concluded Anita Hägblomm, Chair of the PostEurop Stamps and Philately working group from Posten Ǻland.